Public Sitting Cancelled: Sunday, August 2; Thursday, August 6; and Friday, August 7.

Learn to Meditate Cancelled: Sunday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 5.


Established in 1971, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, offers daily public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help New Yorkers of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness, and humor.

Featured Programs

Seven-Day Urban Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July 31st—August 7th

Join us for our renowned weeklong meditation retreat designed to give New Yorkers of all backgrounds a break from our habitual speed and routine and open us to the depth and richness of the present moment. Continue »

(August) Meditation in Everyday Life (2-for-1 Discount)

with Vegan Aharonian

August 12th—September 16th

The meditator's instruction manual. Learn how to cultivate strength, stability, and clarity of mind in this 5-week course. Bring a friend and you each pay half price! Continue »

The Healing Power of the Present Moment

with Joan Whitacre

August 14th—August 15th

Join master therapist Joan Whitacre for a workshop exploring how attunement to the present moment disarms inner forces that support dysfunction and can cultivates well-being- ease, attentiveness, dignity, and kindness. Continue »

Articles & Podcast

  • Meditation In the City Podcast

    When Things Fall Apart – Podcast Episode No. 75


    Acharya Eric Spiegel discusses a different mentality about things falling apart; what if instead of approaching endings with anxiety and hesitation, we saw them as opportunities to experience brightness, lucidity and freedom? As things fall apart, new possibilities arise. Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast! Subscribe to us on iTunes here. While … Continue 

  • Meditation In the City

    Developing a Mind of Kindness – Podcast Episode No. 74


    It is missing the point if we adopt the outer appearance of being polite and kind but still maintain our inner irritability… In this podcast senior Shambhala teacher Acharya Eric Spiegel discusses the six paramitas: Generosity, Discipline, Exertion, Patience, Meditation and Wisdom; the six elements the Buddha taught as the basis of compassionate activity. Meditation … Continue 

  • Meditation In the City

    Transforming Aggression – Podcast Episode No. 73


    Laura Simms discusses the meditator’s unique approach to aggression. What does it mean to examine our own aggression without letting it carry us away? Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast! Subscribe to us on iTunes here. Or listen to us on Stitcher. Laura Simms has been practicing meditation since 1973, and … Continue